Steven Weinberg, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all time, passed away on 23 July, aged 88. He revolutionised particle physics, quantum field theory and cosmology with conceptual breakthroughs which still form the foundation of our understanding of physical reality …
Steven Weinberg is among the very few individuals who, during the course of the history of civilisation, have radically changed the way we look at the universe.Gian Giudice, “Steven Weinberg 1933–2021” at CERNCourier (July 26, 2021)
Indeed. Quotes from Steven Weinberg:
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
“Science doesn’t make it impossible to believe in God, it just makes it possible not to believe in God” – Church and State
“I think the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief; and anything we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done, and may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilization” Steven Weinberg” – (Beyond belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival. 5 November 2006)
Question: Will this kind of obvious hostility to religion be more or less common in science in the future?
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